Sandusky crash pins sanitation worker between car, garbage truck

A Sandusky man was seriously injured Monday night when a car struck him and pinned him against the back of a garbage truck on West Monroe Street.
Emil Whitis
Nov 29, 2011

 

A Sandusky man was seriously injured Monday night when a car struck him and pinned him against the back of a garbage truck on West Monroe Street.

Canfield-Hartley employee Chris Thompson, 39, was loading trash into the back of the garbage truck at about 5:30 p.m. near Gartland Avenue when he was struck by a 2010 Chevy Malibu. The collision pinned Thompson between the car and truck, where he remained for about 45 minutes until rescuers could free him.

He suffered severe injuries to his waist and legs, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said. He was taken to The University of Toledo Medical Center, where late Monday he was in serious condition.

The car's driver — Anthony Demore, 71, of Sandusky — was also injured and taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

For more on this story and to read what witnesses had to say, pick up Tuesday's Register.  

 

Comments

lugnut2511

 My heart goes out to both families, such a terrible trajedy. I wish them both a speedy recover.

PaulYall

Wow!  i am sooo sorry this happen to you Chris! I' will be thinking about you and your family and praying you make a full recovery!  :(

real talk

 Let me be the first to make a statement about the age of the driver

Darkhorse

How could someone not see a big garbage truck in front of them unless the truck didn't have any rear lights.  Sometimes I have seen these trucks with broken lights on the backend of them. Maybe the whole backend needs to be painted with flurescent paint. How sad.  Someone wasn't paying any attention.  Everyone should pay attention when these trucks are in the neighborhood and drive with caution.   

observer

Prayers for ALL involved.

Kottage Kat

Prayers to both families.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

 

Maybe tony should pay attension to what he was doing>>>>>>>>

kimmyjg

JST HOW CAN YOU JUDGE TONY?

HE MOST LIKELY DIDN'Y SEE THE TRUCK STOPPED,

, AND CHRIS WAS NOT WEARING A REFLECTIVE VEST. AND HE MAY BE TO BLAME ALSO.

SO, PLEASE, BEFORE YOU JUDGE PEOPLE,  YOU MAY WANT TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

 

Sue Meredith

Update:

Chris came out of surgery at 11:30 this morning. Everything indicates that he will keep both legs. They put a rod in one leg and pins in the other. Chris's guardian angel was on his shoulder. Please keep Chris and his family in your prayers. He will have a long road to recovery.

happycamper01

This is such a horrible accident.  I didn't look at the photos because I don't want to see anyone in a situation such as this one.  It is a miracle that this man lived through this ordeal and I hope he can still walk.  As far as the elderly gentleman goes, I hope he is okay too.  We do not know what caused him to hit this poor man but I am sure it was an accident.  I will not blame or talk badly about Mr. Demore because this is just a tragic accident.  I am praying for both men to make a full recovery. 

Just Because

Just Because you have photos doesn't mean you should always post them...Sandusky Register.  Very poor taste in my opinion having photos of this poor man while he is still trapped in this wreckage.       Prayers to the families involved!!

curious

I hope this guy fully recovers, however, I need to ask..........why were they collecting trash in the dark?  Isn't there laws about that?  Just curious...........

Norma J-C

May I suggest that the next time something like this happens that everyone who is watching hold hands and PRAY for the injured people. God sends us angels when we need them and prayer works.

Gramma of Six

You shouldn't judge until you know the facts it could happen to anyone of us in a flash...

We should all pray that that both me will be alright and be home for Christmas with their families

 

kimmyjg

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO CHRIS THOMPSON, AND

TONY DEMORE, WHO IS MY COUSIN.

HOPE GOD IS WITH THEM BOTH AS THEY RECOVER FROM THEIR INJURIES.

PRAYERS TO BOTH FAMILIES ALSO.

 

excel

I blame Canfield-Hartley those heartless bastards could have spent 3 dollars on reflective tape. 

Starr

 

 

Darkhorse: the Ohio revised code does not require florescent paint on the back of any vehicles.  The trash hauling company C-H was not required to do that and was not at fault for not doing it.  Yes the trucks are required to be in proper state of repair.

          Happycamper01: since you did not look at the photos provided, your opinions seem less informed.

            Just Because: yes, the newspaper has photos and they used them.  It seems the SR did a great job with them.  They show wrecked vehicles and rescue workers doing their jobs.  I don’t see any injured victims in any photos, in-fact one has a blanket held up, presumably to offer some privacy.  It is a news service that you are reading and watching.  Photos do help report what happened.

Curious: with the change in seasons, there are not 8 hours of daylight anymore till spring.  Trash collecting will need to be done in the dark, either in the morning or in the evening as in this case.  How is picking up trash in the dark any more dangerous or inappropriate than picking up school kids in the dark at 7:00 in the morning?  Also, maybe they just needed to catch up for taking last Thursday off for the holiday.  Why is that wrong of the trash company?

Kimmyjg: of course the car driver did not mean to do this.  Wearing a reflective vest is not required by the law.  Shame on you for even suggesting that the worker did something wrong, based on the current facts available.

Excel: again reflective tape is not required of the law.

The car driver failed to stop within an assured clear distance.  Even if the trash truck did not have lights and reflective products displayed, the car had headlights that provide ample lighting 100 feet or more ahead of the car.  A driver is expected to see and react with reasonable care.  The speed limit on Monroe street is 35 MPH.  If you look at the 4th still photo does it look like there was any breaking at all, or does that look like a 35MPH impact?  If you look at the 1st still photo the upper left tail light on the trash truck is working.  Again the upper left light is shining in the 5th photo too.  The 6th photo shows an upper light on the right side of the trash trucking working.

Maybe we can all do a better job of reading, looking, and watching to understand a situation better before our off-the-cuff comments hurt feelings and spread inaccurate gossip?

 

~Starr

 

 

 

 

Captain Gutz

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curious

RE:  STARR.......You are correct........there are not 8 hours of daylight right now.  It's more like 9.  It's daylight when I leave for work at 7:30 am, and it's still daylight when I leave at 4:30!!!  A school bus has very bright, flashing yellow and red lights.  Hardly a comparison there.  You must be an employee, or have an interest in, Canfield-Hartley.  Oh, by the way, we will be seeing more minutes of daylight starting the first day of winter.  Read the Farmers Almanac or watch the weather on the news.  You'll see!

wiredmama222

My heart goes out the this young man. May he have a full and speedy recovery.  As for what happened and who is at fault?  It is for the police to figure out. I wasn't there nor was an I an accident reconstruction expert.  I hope this NEVER happens again.